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What’s happening in Philly this weekend: Feb. 14-16

Each weekend, we will post some of the most unique social and cultural places to visit in addition to exciting events in and around the Philly area. We call it Philly Influencer’s Weekend Picks. If you attend any of these places or events, let us know how it went! Tweet us or email us at thephillyinfluencer@gmail.com.

This week’s best Sips & Eats!

1. Closing Soon: Philadelphia Auto Show

Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center | 1101 Arch St

When: Runs through Monday, February 17

The Philadelphia Auto Show will be closing its doors this Monday. The ten-day automobile showcase features Camp Jeep, The DUB Car show, stunning exotic cars, a Hollywood car display,  vintage automobiles, and more. Don’t miss your chance to see the 119th year of this popular Philadelphia tradition.

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2. Closing Soon: Philly Theatre Week 

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Where: Various locations

When: Runs through Sunday, February 16

Theatre Philadelphia has been hosting several theatrical events and activities throughout the past week. This weekend’s, shows include Grey RockKing Lear, a modernized Romeo and Juliet, and several other stellar productions.

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3. Closing Soon: Getaway at The Greenhouse

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Where: Fairmount Park Horticulture Center | 100 North Horticultural Dr

When: Runs through Sunday, February 16

The Fairmount Park Horticulture Center has been offering up this blissful escape from the wintry mix outdoors for weeks. The Getaway at Greenhouse has featured live music, a beer garden, games, a giant sandbox, food trucks, and more. This will be your last chance to glimpse at The Jungle, The Beach, The Midway, and other structures.

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4. Black History Month Weekend Events

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Where: Various locations

When: Runs through Sunday, February 16

Black History Month continues to roll along in the City of Brotherly Love. The cultural significant and celebratory month seeks to educate, inform, and create discourse amongst the populace about the great accomplishments of African-Americans through the centuries. This weekend, the Free Library of Philadelphia and the National Constitution Center will continue their monthlong events. The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts will also host and amazing performance of Intuition: Songs From The Minds Of Women featuring Alicia Olatuja.

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5. Philly Home + Garden Show at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center

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Where: The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center | 100 Station Avenue, Oaks

When: Runs through Sunday, February 16

The Philly Home + Garden Show will be taking of the city over the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center over the next few days. There will be a massive number of vendors, textile merchants, lighting and sound companies, landscape architects, gardening experts, and more.

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6. Exciting Exhibits at PAFA

(Making Community: Prints from Brandywine Workshop and Archives, Brodsky Center at PAFA, and Paulson Fontaine // Photo by Candis R. McLean)

Where: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 118-128 N. Broad St

When: Runs through Sunday, April 12

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) opened two engaging and exciting exhibits to the public this month. Making Community: Prints from Brandywine Workshop and Archives, Brodsky Center at PAFA, and Paulson Fontaine Press features approximately 100 prints by some of the most significant American artists of our time. The works of Kerry James Marshall, Mickalene Thomas, Carolee Schneemann, and many others will be on display. You’ll get plunged into the craftsmanship and artistry behind contemporary American printmaking over the past half-century. Curated by the PAFA Youth CouncilAt One Stroke: Prints by Helen Frankenthalerhighlights the work of one of the 20th century’s most influential and pioneering artists. In a gift from the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, these prints and several from PAFA’s permanent collection will give you insight into Frankenthaler’s process and vision.

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7. Asian Arts Initiative’s The Beat of Resistance

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Where: Asian Arts Initiative 1219 Vine St

When: Runs through Friday, March 27

The Beat of Resistance continues to draw the eyes of many at the Asian Arts Initiative. The sonically explorative exhibition showcases “the sounds of Asian America…focused on beats-oriented music, this metrical program sets the rhythm of moving bodies and movement bodies…”. This is an intense artistic showcase that you don’t want to miss.

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8. Valentine’s Day Skate at Dilworth Park

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Where: Dilworth Park | 1 S. 15th St

When: Friday, February 14 | 7-10 p.m.

Dilworth Park Winter happenings have been one of the main attractions near City Hall for months. This Friday, the ice skating rink will be full of romance. There will be a Sweetheart Skate, drink specials, and karaoke in the Rothman Orthopedics Cabin. You can get free ice skating passes at the Capital One Café (135 South 17th Street).

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9. Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest Sweetheart Skate 

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Where: Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd

When: Friday, February 14 | 1st session begins at 7-8:30 p.m.

The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest will also be hosting a couple-centric skating soiree this Friday night. Their Sweetheart Skate will feature three skating sessions. A rose, a box of chocolates, and a lovely photograph is included with the price of admission.

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10. Valentine’s Day Dinner and Events

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Where: Various locations

When: Friday, February 14

Philadelphia will be bursting with romance over the next few days. In such a bustling city, deciding where to take your loved one can become an overwhelming task. There are several restaurant and bar options. Reading Terminal Market will also be hosting a cooking class this Friday. For those looking for a laugh, head over to  Underground Arts for the 10th annual Ex Files Story Slam this weekend.

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11. Jurassic World Live Tour

Jurassic World Live Tour

Where: Wells Fargo Center | 3601 S. Broad St

When: Runs through Monday, February 17

The Jurassic World Live Tour will be taking over the Wells Fargo Center this weekend. Jurassic World will be brought to life in this amazing arena show.  Don’t miss your chance to return to Isla Nublar in this all-new dinosaur showcase. Blue, the mighty T. Rex, and several other favorites will be there.

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12.Independence Seaport Museum Weekend

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Where: Independence Seaport Museum | 211 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd

When: Runs through Monday, February 17

This weekend the Independence Seaport Museum will have several tremendous events. The returning series, The British Mistake will take over the institution on President’s Day. Saturday, the Independence Seaport Museum will host Youth and Opportunity in Society: 1890s to Today which explores the challenges and opportunities facing youth today.

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13. A Woman of No Importance 

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Where: Walnut Street Theatre | 825 Walnut St

When: Runs through Sunday, March 1

Oscar Wilde’s A Woman of No Importance is wowing on the Philadelphia big stage. Head to Walnut Street Theatre to see this production navigating an American heiress’ mission to find love in England. For theater lovers, this charming play will have you entertained through March.

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14. Shen Yun at Merriam Theater

Where: Merriam Theater | 250 S Broad St

When: February 12 – March 1

Shen Yun artistically brings several generations of traditional Chinese culture to the City of Brotherly Love over the next month. Come see the pageantry, spiritual origins, and history. The audience will take a visual journey through a rich civilization and see the roots of these great people.

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15. City Winery Weekend

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Where: City Winery | 990 Filbert St

When: Runs through Sunday, February

Urban winery, bar, restaurant, and concert venue City Winery will have several talented acts on stage this weekend. Over the next few days, you can catch Jeff Bradshaw with special guest Carol Riddick, SPAGA, Donavon Frankenreiter w/ Christina Holmes, and many others. 

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16. Friday Night at the Museum 

Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy

When: Friday, February 14 5-8:45 p.m.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art holds a special happy hour series each Friday. The gathering uniquely blends arts and music in this special clash of culture. Each week there’s small bites, beverages, cocktails, special gallery access, and live music. This week Michelle Lordi will be performing her interpretations of jazz standards.

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17. Artist Bash: To Die For

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Where: Barnes Foundation | 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy

When: Friday, February 14 8-11 p.m.

The Barnes Foundation will be hosting Artist Bash: To Die For this Friday night. This soiree celebrates an extreme take on Valentine’s Day by exploring the themes of love and loss. The Seabrook Minyo Dance Club will be performing. There will be a Day of the Dead procession led by La Calaca Flaca, poetry readings, a cabaret performance, and more.

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18. Philadelphia Orchestra Weekend 

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Where: The Kimmel Center 300 S. Broad St

When: Runs through Sunday, February 17

The Philadelphia Orchestra will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with Sorcerers, Spells, and Magic. Mozart’s The Magic Flute, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Dukas and several other bewitching pieces will be performed during the Friday night concert. The Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra will also be performing this Sunday inside the Perelman Theater.

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19. Philly POPS Present Aretha: Respect 

Aretha: Respect

Where: The Kimmel Center 300 S. Broad St

When: Runs through Sunday, February 16

The Philly POPS and conductor Byron Stripling will be celebrating the life and legacy of songstress Aretha Franklin. Broadway star Capathia Jenkins and Grammy-Nominated R&B Singer Ryan Shaw will be singing “Chain of Fools,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Respect,” and several other hits.

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20. Boyz II Men 

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Where: The Met Philadelphia | 858 N. Broad St

When: Friday, February 14 8 p.m.

Boyz II Men will be playing in front of the hometown crowd this Friday night at the Met Philadelphia. The “I’ll Make Love to You” and “On Bended Knee” icons will be serenading fans at this intimate Valentine’s Day concert.

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21. NOTO Philadelphia’s 3-Year Anniversary Weekend 

Where: NOTO Philadelphia | 1209 Vine St

When: Runs through Saturday, February 22

Through Saturday, February 22, NOTO Philadelphia will be celebrating it’s three year anniversary. Famous DJs including Nicky RomeroW&W, and Chase B will be taking over at the popular complex during the celebration series. Rappers Lil Baby and PnB Rock and social media personality Kirill Was Here will also be in the building performing amazing sets.

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22. Presidents Day Weekend

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Where: Various locations

When: Running through Monday, February 17

To every kid in school’s relief, this Monday is President’s Day. The American holiday will be celebrated all over the city at several venues and institutions. The National Museum of American Jewish History,  Valley Forge National Historical ParkMuseum of the American RevolutionNational Constitution Center, and other institutions will be celebrating the occasion.

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23. Survival of the Slowest at Academy of Natural Sciences

Where: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University | 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

When: Saturday, February 15 – Sunday, September 20

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University will be opening a new and interesting exhibit this week. Survival of the Slowest explores the adaptations that certain animals have evolved over millions of years in order to survive. There will be amazing and adorable live animals including a two-towed sloth, hedgehogs, geckoes, and more. This opening weekend, there will be a scavenger hunt and kids can learn how animals camouflage themselves.

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24. Hippo Conservation Weekend

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Where: Adventure Aquarium | 1 Riverside Dr | Camden, NJ

When: Runs through Monday, February 17

It’s Hippo Conservation Weekend at the Adventure Aquarium. Resident hippos Button and Genny will be all smiles during this three-day celebration. Guests can learn about Nile hippopotami, create crafts, and win prizes.

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25. National Jazz Festival

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Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center | 1101 Arch St

When: Saturday, February 15 | 8:05 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The National Jazz Festival will be live at the Pennsylvania Convention Center this Saturday. The day-long festival will feature more than 1,200 jazz student musicians from across the country. There will be clinics, workshops, and several tremendous performances.

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26. The Black Journey: African-American History Walking Tour of Philadelphia

Where: Independence Visitor Center | 599 Market St

When: Various dates including Saturday, February 15 2-3:30 p.m.

This 90-minute factual adventure will illustrate the rich history of Black Americans of Philadelphia. You can “take a journey to Congo Square, visit the unmarked graves of free and enslaved victims of the yellow fever epidemic, learn about the Quaker school where both Black and White students were educated together” and more. From the location where the Fugitive Slave Act was passed in 1793 or tales of Martha Washington’s enslaved handmaiden who emancipated herself, this tour has it all.

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27. Culturefest! African and Diasporic Cultures

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Where: Penn Museum | 3260 South St

When: Saturday, February 15 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m

The Penn Museum will be celebrating the African diaspora this Saturday. This all-day celebration will include storytelling, live performances, music, an African marketplace, crafts, mask making sessions, and more.

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28. Philadelphia Fusion Homestand

Philadelphia Fusion Homestand

Where: The Met Philadelphia | 858 N. Broad St

When: Saturday, February 15-Sunday, February 16

The Overwatch League comes to the Met Philadelphia this weekend. The video game war zone will be a sight to behold. There will be screens all over the venue as fans can watch this intense six-on-six duel. Gaming fans will be out in droves to see this regular-season matchup.

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29. Winterfest Live!

Where: XFINITY Live! | 1100 Pattison Ave

When: Saturday, February 15 | 2-6 p.m.

Taste more than 100 different beers while enjoying live music, giveaways and games all day at this popular winter beer festival in South Philly. Featured beers include winter favorites in a number of varieties like porters, stouts, lagers and more.

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30. Villanova vs. Temple

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Where: The Liacouras Center | 1776 N. Broad St

When: Sunday, February 16  | 1 p.m.

The fifteenth ranked Villanova Wildcats will be heading across town to The Liacouras Center to take on their regional rival, the Temple Owls. This Brotherly Love battle will feature a great matchup of local talent.

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